Kevin Stein

Kevin Stein has published eleven books of poetry, criticism, and anthology, including the recent collection Wrestling Li Po for the Remote (Fifth Star Press, 2013) and the essays Poetry’s Afterlife: Verse in the Digital Age (U of Michigan, 2010). Poet Laureate of Illinois, Stein was awarded in 2016 The Order of Lincoln, the state’s highest honor for professional achievement and service. He teaches at Bradley University.

Winter 2005

Wishful Rhetoric

By Kevin Stein

Finis. I love the oh-so-postmodern opening— the reversal of expectations intimating a fresh start, as does potty training or the pre-dinner after-dinner mint. After all, in this way the end’s […]

Summer 2000


By Kevin Stein

I loved the ritual of spiritual spot removal. I loved forgiveness, 0 cosmic delete key, your dewy screw-ups zapped to ether by fingering Sorry in a little holy water. I […]